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North Korea and United States: Will they meet?

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Can the United States and North Korea meet to discuss their differences? Most citizens hope they can. Illustration by Stanford Magazine.

Can the United States and North Korea meet to discuss their differences? Most citizens hope they can. Illustration by Stanford Magazine.

Can the United States and North Korea meet to discuss their differences? Most citizens hope they can. Illustration by Stanford Magazine.

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For the past month, North Korea and the United States were planning a summit meeting to discuss issues that the two countries have. However, last Thursday President Trump canceled the summit, but on Saturday South Korean President Moon Jae-in traveled to North Korea trying to see if President Kim Jong Un was still interested in meeting with Trump.

Trump made a statement to North Korea explaining why he pulled out from the Singapore summit. North Korea published an English-language version of the letter that responded to the cancellation of the summit to inform those who are interested in resolving the issues between the two countries. Trump responded to North Korea in a positive manner on Twitter, saying he hopes for peace between the two countries and a long prosperous future for North Korea.

This past Sunday White House sent a team to Singapore to prepare for the summit, which might still happen on June 12. According to Vox, “Trump confirmed that the US sent a delegation to the northern side of the Korean border for talks with Pyongyang officials.” Although Trump canceled the summit, he is still interested in meeting with North Korea.

The U.S made a strategic move by not imposing any more sanctions on North Korea to make feelings as cordial as possible. According to The Washington Post, “Top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol was en route to New York on Wednesday to meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for high-level talks.” Talks are presumed to continue on Thursday with hopes for many more to discuss the issues between the countries. The meetings are to solidify the meeting with Trump and Kim.

The main issue that both countries would like to solve is North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. South Korean President is also interested in holding a meeting with North Korea and United States to have better relations.

Jaclyn Morentin, sophomore, said, “I find the problems with Korea and the United States very interesting because we studied about the Korean War this semester. I look forward to seeing if the summit will happen still in June because how close we are with North Korea can affect the future of our country.” She believes that if North Korea and the United States do not resolve the problems with each other, it could lead to another war.

The United States wants Pyongyang to give up all nuclear capabilities as soon as possible, but Pyongyang wants to maintain its current program, but hold off working on more weapons. Both sides are at a loss as to how to compromise because they both have different views on the situation.

Genesis Alaniz, sophomore, said, “I find that North Korea’s having many nuclear weapons is unsafe and not a good way to have a better relations with the US. The United States also needs to find a way to go about talking to North Korea without making more problems.” She hopes that there will still be a summit.

According to a post on Donald Trump’s Twitter, “Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself. I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day. Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this. It will happen!” Donald Trump is looking forward to having the summit because he wants to confirm the safety of the United States and have a strong relationship with North Korea.

The United States is also worried about South and North Korea growing closer in relations and possibly leading to an alliance. North Korea may have an ulterior motive to worsen relations between the United States and South Korea.

Mrs. Mary McKinley, history teacher, said, “I believe that Korea could possibly unify in the near future. I think tensions would be reduced with the U.S if there was a unification, but I am hesitant to say that there would be improved relations.” She believes that a possible reunification could happen in five to eight years, but that United States and North Korea may not have better relations

For the United States and North Korea to have the summit, they must listen and discuss what both countries have to say. The United States has to understand that North Korea has been working on their nuclear program for a long time and it would be hard for them to just stop completely. North Korea also has to realize that the United States is interested in the safety of the rest of the world. That is why they want to solve the problems both countries have.

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